Friday, May 31, 2019

Altenew May 2019 Inspiration Challenge


I'm just managing to squeeze this in for the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge, so happy to have completed it before the deadline! Here is the inspiration:

Click HERE to see the challenge post.

I was so very inspired by the colours, especially the idea of a lone pop of pink/purple amongst the greys/greens and even more so by the idea of a focal point photo layered over strips of paper. My recent trip to see BTS with my daughter provided a number of great photos and I chose this one of Jungkook's solo.

I've echoed the strips of paper by trimming a piece of dotted patterned paper from the Altenew Live Your Dream collection and adhering to the centre of a 12x12 white card stock. I've then layered strips of silver glitter card stock and gray and green card stock over the patterned paper. 

Here's a look at the paper strip placement layout along with a view of the Studio Katia clear drops from my stash. 
'Euphoria' is not only the title of this layout but the song Jungkook sang as he zip lined over the adoring fans while singing.

I matted the photo on white card stock and then black card stock. It's then matted on white card stock that has been inked over the Altenew Elegant Swirl Stencil with Morning Frost, Evening Grey and Moon Rock inks and also matted on black card stock.
The pink/purple-ish colours of the concert photo are my interpretation of the flower in the inspiration photo.
I added a Live Your Dream chipboard floral in a similar colour. The photo mat is embellished with Live Your Dream chipboard and the title alphas are the Live Your Dream puffy letter stickers.

My daughter loves the layout and it was fun to make it for her.

Thanks for taking a closer look!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Zentangle for Cardmakers| New Altenew Class

I am currently participating in the newest Altenew class, Zentangle for Cardmakers and it is a fantastic class! It is taught by Amber Davis a certified Altenew Educator and Zentangle teacher. The first lesson is about "aura" and here is my card:

I masked off the centre of a 4 /14" x 5 1/2" white card stock front and stamped the large bloom from the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp  in Altenew Permanent Black Crisp ink. I then stamped the second layer of the floral in Altenew Turquoise Crisp Dye Ink. I then "tangled" the flower with a Pigma Micron .01 black pen, outlined the frame with a Pigma Micron .05 and a ruler and stamped a leaf in Altenew Sea Breeze crisp dye ink from the Wildflower Garden stamp set.

The panel was trimmed to size and then mounted on a black card stock base. Clear Studio Katia drops are adhered with liquid glue for the final embellishments.

So looking forward to the next lessons in the class! Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Altenew January Inspiration Challenge


I am playing along with the Altenew January Inspiration Challenge:

I am in love with this colour combination and was also inspired by this card by Norine Borys.

I painted 4 pieces of watercolour paper with a combination of Altenew watercolour markers and Altenew pan watercolours. These watercolour pens are fabulous, the colours are so vibrant and opaque. They mix wonderfully with the watercolour pans so you can get just the shade you want.

This piece is a mix of watercolour marker inks in Dusk and Emerald.

This piece is a mix of Altenew watercolour pan ink in Orange Cream and Altenew watercolour marker in Autumn Blaze.

I mixed Crimson from the watercolour pan set and rubellite from the watercolour marker set to create the red paper.

Let's take a look at my card and then I will describe how I created it.

{supplies: Altenew Create a Wreath dies; Hello sentiment Pinstripe stamp set; Altenew 36 pan watercolour set; Altenew Watercolour Markers}

After I painted the watercolour papers as described earlier, I die cut them using the Altenew Create a Wreath die set. I retained the inner pieces of leafy die cuts to fill in some pieces after I determined the placement.
The die includes both a circle and oval "wreath" shape and I die cut the circle wreath out of white card stock to help determine my foliage placement.

Here is a closer look at the die cuts along with the gold Studio Katia sequins I added. It's hard to see but I also added A Wink of Stella clear glitter marker over all the die cuts.

Here is another look at the full card:

Now that I am a certified Altenew Educator I am brainstorming class ideas and maybe this could be one!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

AECP Level 3 Final Challenge| 2 for 1 Card Workshop

It felt like I took such a long time to get to the final level challenge but once the date was set it arrived quickly!

The Challenge
-teach a 2 hour class in a classroom/workshop setting
-detail pre-workshop planning and details (via email)
-deliver workshop to 4-10 students and share live with Altenew team members via internet
-share post workshop report, class projects and reflections on workshop


After choosing the class date, I began brainstorming ideas for the class itself and this was a big challenge because I had so very many ideas!  

I wrote down a bunch of ideas keeping in mind the Altenew classes I have previously completed.

I created a few different cards and made my final choices for the class content based on my main goal.

The main goal was for students to use a variety of Altenew products and experience the versatility of the products as well. 

Kits were prepared for each student with all basic supplies to make each card pre-cut, scored and one element pre-heat embossed.

Class Projects

The theme of the workshop was 2 for 1: Creating 2 cards from 1 stamp and/or technique.

Card #1- Happy Duo

An Altenew Mega Greetings die cut was used 2 ways, the negative portion as a card front and the word itself as the focus.

Card #2-Floral Duo

Two cards created by stamping the same layout in 2 different colour families and masking off a portion of the card front.

Card #3-Mom/Dad

We stamped and heat embossed one card panel, cut it apart and created a masculine and feminine card.

After a slow start, due to some technical difficulties setting up the live stream with Altenew, the students opened up their kits and crafted for 2 solid hours. 
The students enjoyed using a variety of Altenew products, they were especially impressed with the inks.

We were not able to complete all the cards however here is a photo of the group with their cards:


My students were all experienced crafters so they were an easy group to instruct.   

It is definitely important to have multiple supplies especially if the projects are complicated.

Six cards were very ambitious, this group of experienced crafters were only able to complete 3-4 in the allotted time.

I will be much more mindful of the complexity of the project, skill level of the students and number of supplies required to complete each project in future workshops.

In closing, thank you Karla, Genny, Stacey, Virginia, Aimee and Erica for being my students. 

Thank you Virginia, Nicole and Erum from Altenew for hanging out with us via Facebook. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Lawn Fawn Fanatics Challenge #42

Winter Holidays!!

I ran across the Lawn Fawn Snow Cool stamp set in my stash and was inspired to create this double slider surprise card for the challenge:

I created a night sky with Distress Oxide inks in Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. I then stamped the snow with the snow stamp from the Snow Cool set in embossing ink and then heat embossed with Lawn Fawn textured embossing powder.

 I die cut white glitter card stock with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside borders for the front and slider panels of the card.
All images are coloured with Copic Markers, I used a hole punch to punch "snowballs" from the glitter card stock.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment from die cut strips cut with the rectangle die in the double slider die set and spread them across all three panels.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Dearest Friend| One Layer Wonders AECP Project

I am here to share a card inspired by the Altenew One-Layer Wonders class. All of the classes have been fabulous but I think this is my most favourite of them all!

I have seen so many lovely cards with pattern stamping I couldn't wait to give this lesson a go! I began by stamping the sentiment in Midnight Violet and Volcano Lake Crisp Ink, then adhered a 2"wide Post It tape mask over the stamped sentiment.

Next, I stamped the smaller floral image from the Altenew Dearest Friend stamp set in Midnight Violet Altenew Crisp Ink. The flowers are then coloured with Altenew Artist markers in R702 Lavender Fields and R705 Midnight Violet. Leaves are colored in G702 Frayed Leaf and G715 Forest Glades. I've added a shadow with WG01 Morning Frost on the edges of the sentiment block and sentiment itself.

It's hard to tell from the photo but I added some dots with a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter marker for a bit of shine that keeps this a one layer card.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Missing You| An AECP Project


I am sharing my latest Altenew Educator Certification Project inspired by the Dynamic Die-Cutting class. So much to be inspired by in this class I had to choose between a couple of cards in deciding which to submit.

This card is based on the Partial Panelling Die cutting lesson. I love how easy it is to show off a select portion of a larger die. You can see that the focus is on the centre portion of the buildings in the Layered Cityscapes dies.

I die cut Layer A from white card stock, then inked with Distress Oxide ink in Pumice stone, the B layer was cut from glitter card stock.

I adhered both layers together with liquid glue, appling Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone through a starry stencil from my stash over navy card stock. Once the paste was dry, the cityscape layers were adhered over the navy card stock with liquid glue.

Lastly, I heat embossed 'Missing You' from the Thinking of You stamp set in silver embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Less Is More Challenge #385

Hi All!

My first time participating in the Less Is More Challenge and it's a 1 layer card.  I recently purchased some 2" Post It tape and have been wanting to create a card with a masked off stamped area so this challenge was the perfect opportunity to do so!

I placed 2 strips of Post It tape diagonally across the card front and randomly stamped the same snowman image from the Avery Elle Christmas Magic set.

I then copic colored the snowmen and background, drew in the borders with a Copic Multiliner black pen and straight edge. A touch of sparkle on the hats is from Nuvo Glimmer paste and it covered a few areas of imperfect colouring as well.

I really enjoyed this challenge and hope to play along again in the New Year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Lawn Fanatics Challenge #41


I am playing along with the latest Lawn Fanatics challenge, shaped cards. I decided to make a shadow box/shaker card.

I added Nuvo glimmer paste to the tops of the hills and also added a 3rd hill. The very back panel holds a shaker window. 
I've used images from the Lawn Fawn For you Deer, Winter Village and Simple Celebrate Winter stamp sets.

Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Card Challenge: Color Throwdown #520

I managed to carve out a wee bit of time to participate in the latest Color Throwdown Challenge #520.

The colors are Kraft, green, brown and cream and here is my card:

I coloured this Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorn with comic markers in warm greys and cream and gave it green hair. The hooves are colored with brown tones of copic markers and the brown and cream patterned paper backgrounders is adhered to a cream card base.

The sentiment is from the The Ton Wave stamp set and is stamped with black Memento Ink on Kraft card stock. The green glitter frame is cut from the Lawn Fawn Reverse Stitched scalloped rectangle window die.

This was such a fun challenge to do, thanks for stopping in to taking a look! :)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Tis' the Season


I am sharing another AECP project today and it's inspired by the Tis' the Season class at Altenew Academy. It was hard to pick one lesson to base a card on but I was drawn to the colour combination and use of non-Christmas products in Lesson 3. 

I chose to use the Altenew Calligraphy Mazes stencil and ink blend the background with Altenew Bamboo and Forest Glades ink with a touch of Frayed leaf.

Then I blended Altenew Pinkalicious, Rubellite and Razzleberry ink on a piece of white card stock.
Next I die cut the word JOY using the Altenew Caps Bold Alpha. After cutting, I taped the letters off with purple tape, applied Versmark embossing ink on the exposed area, then heat embossed with Altenew Platinum Crisp Embossing powder.

JOY was then adhered to the centre of the card with foam tape, sentiment from the Altenew Sketched Evergreen stamp set is heat embossed with Altenew Crisp White embossing powder and layered over joy with foam tape as well. Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear confetti finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Altenew May 2019 Inspiration Challenge

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